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Battling Giants in Everyday Life (Part 1 of 2)

Battling Giants in Everyday Life (Part 1 of 2)

Writer Malcolm Gladwell offers encouragement to listeners as he shares a fresh perspective on facing life's obstacles and setbacks in a discussion based on his book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants. (Part 1 of 2)

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Malcolm Gladwell: Everyone else is quaking in their boots, right? Only David steps forward. Now he didn’t step forward foolishly. He uses his brain and his wits to figure out, oh, okay, what I’m gonna do is change the rules and bring this weapon. But what fires him, what gives him purpose and meaning and courage is the fact that God is in his heart and he understands the power that gives him.

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John Fuller: Reflecting on the classic story in the Old Testament of the Bible, David and Goliath. That is our guest for today’s broadcast, Malcolm Gladwell. You’ll hear a unique spin on that familiar story as he talks with Focus president and author, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller and we had the change to interview Malcolm Gladwell a few months ago in New York City.

Jim Daly: We did, John and it was fascinating. I so enjoyed the conversation. I’ve read other books that he’s written, mostly again for a secular audience. He’s a New York Times best seller and that’s part of what intrigued me. He has made a recommitment to the Lord and he talked about that in our interview and he talked about writing David and Goliath and those things that he uniquely picks up. He is a person of observation and he highlights things that you just slide by and you miss and I think you’re all gonna really enjoy that perspective and what he sees in the story of David and Goliath.

John: And in addition to that particular book, Malcolm has also written Tipping Point, Outliers and the book called Blink. And he grew up in a small Mennonite community in Ontario, Canada. His mother is Jamaican and his dad, English and he moved away and kind of drifted away from his faith for a season, but it was while he was writing David and Goliath that he came back to that faith.

Jim: Well, and he credits his mom with giving him the inspiration to write at all and write he has. His books have sold over 10 million copies and this is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time and I love that intersection of faith and observation. The story of David and Goliath is only a small part of the conversation. He brings in a lot of other examples in everyday modern life that proves the points in the observations that he’s making.

John: Well, let’s go ahead and hear the conversation with Malcolm Gladwell on today’s “Focus on the Family.”

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You’ve had a fascination even from a young age about the sciences and academic research and how that all kind of intersects in life. Just recently I was at Georgetown University with the sociologist from Harvard, Robert Putnam and we were discussing his research on the breakdown of the family. And what I was thrilled as a Christian to see is, how much of the data supports the position that we have had, that the best thing we can do to reduce poverty is to keep families together.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: And I had that same fascination that you’ve expressed. Talk about that as you see social science and other sciences kind of bolstering biblical positions.

Malcolm: Yeah, well, what I think and this is really one of the themes I was really interested in, in David and Goliath was in trying to understand the power of faith, spirit, courage, determination. These things aren’t measurable, but that on reflection turn out to be enormously predictive of people’s happiness and success and one of the things that, as you, I think, correctly point out is, that slowly, but I think, surely social science is losing its exclusive focus on the measurable things–your IQ, the income of your parents, the, you know, the desirability of your Zip Code–and focusing more on the importance of the unmeasurable things and that is, you’re right, that is to my mind, one of the central things of Scripture is that very point, that it’s this stuff that’s sort of in the ether that you can’t put your finger on, that makes the ultimate difference in how people turn out and how well they live their lives.

And it’s frustrating to social scientists, because they want something they can measure right, they can point to. And if you’re gonna talk about courage, faith, determination, all those kinds of things, there’s no paper and pencil test you can use to say that I’ve got a score of seven and someone else has got a score of nine. And so, it’s hard for them to make that transition. It seems soft, you know.

Jim: Yeah, unscientific.

Malcolm: Unscientific, but it ought not to be.

Jim: Let’s talk about David and Goliath. Let’s talk about that story, ’cause—

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: –that’s the core of your book, although for the listener, there are so many great chapters. All the chapters we could do a broadcast on and it’s not all just about David and Goliath; it’s about big things and how you conquer them in your life.

Malcolm: Uh-hm.

Jim: And I thought the application that you provide, all of the applications, education and just overcoming these difficulties in life were fascinating to me, but talk about the core story of David and Goliath—

Malcolm: Yes.

Jim: –and what you say, how many of us miss what God may be tellin’ us in this story.

Malcolm: Yeah, yeah. Well, David and Goliath is (Chuckling), you know, if I was gonna write a book on underdogs, I have to deal the great underdog story of all time, right? So, I, you know, I go back and I start to read it more closely than I have normally read it and at the same time, began talking to people, to scholars about it and discovered that the whole rich back story behind the story of David and Goliath.

So, it’s important to remember a couple of things. One is that David’s sling is not a child’s toy. It’s one of the most crucial weapons used by ancient armies. And in the hands of someone who knows what he’s doing, it’s an unbelievably devastating weapon.

Jim: In fact, he called ’em “slingers;” is that right.

Malcolm: They’re called “slingers.” Armies had whole groups of slingers that they would use as their artillery. And a rock leaving a sling departs with the force of a bullet leaving a handgun. I mean, it’s not as—

Jim: It’s amazing.

Malcolm: –oh, it will knock you dead if you [are the target]. So, David’s not like, it’s not well, you know, when people read that story sometimes I think without that context, they think, “Oh, it’s an improbable fairytale, the kid with a slingshot.” It’s not a slingshot, a sling, not a fairytale, a kid with a devastating weapon, right?

The other thing that’s fascinating is, Goliath. Goliath’s behavior in that story is strange. He’s led down onto the battlefield floor by someone, as if by the hand, by an attendant, as if he’s like, wait a minute. This is the most powerful warrior in, you know, that entire [area]. Why is he being led by the hand?

And then he’s constantly saying to David, “Come to me,” right? And there’s a bunch of other clues, as well. If you put them all together, a bunch of people have begun to speculate whether Goliath wasn’t suffering from a condition called acromegaly, which is it’s a cause of giantism. People who have overproduction of their pituitary gland, can grow to enormous height. All the biggest giants in history have had this condition called acromegaly.

Jim: Right.

Malcolm: It comes with a side effect and the side effect is often restricted eyesight. And all those clues in the story suggest that Goliath can’t see and when he says to David, “Come to me,” he means, “Come closer; I can’t see you out there, right?”

And to my mind, that’s a crucial part of the story, because what is that scriptural story telling us? It’s telling us that the very thing that we are so in awe of, someone’s size, may also be the cause of their greatest weakness, that with all of the things that come with being a giant, there is a cost and that is, a blindness, right? You’re blinded by all of your worldly power and your glittering armor and your sword and you can’t see the kid coming at you, who’s changed the rules—

Jim: Huh.

Malcolm: –without telling you, right? And that story is so much more powerful to me once I understood that; what is God telling us? God is telling us, don’t be in awe of the giant–

Jim: Ah.

Malcolm: –right. David’s the only one who says, “I’m not impressed by the fact the guy’s enormous and has all this armor on, because for all I know, he could be blind, right?”

Jim: Absolutely and it doesn’t diminish God’s part in that story. Some–

Malcolm: No.

Jim: –Christians might think, “Well, now you’re taking this miracle and diminishing it to actually David having the advantage.” That’s not what you’re saying.

Malcolm: No, okay, what I’m saying is, I mean, to me, it accentuates the role of God in this story, because what is the thing that David has that allows everything to happen. He has the Spirit of the Lord in his heart. It’s all about this intangible thing. Everyone else is quaking in their boots, right? Only David steps forward.

Now he didn’t step forward foolishly. He uses his brain and his wits to figure out, oh, okay, what I’m gonna do is change the rules and bring this weapon. But what fires him, what gives him purpose and meaning and courage is the fact that God is in his heart and he understands the power that gives him, right?

Later on in the book, I tell the story of a little group of Christians in France, of Huguenots, who lives in the mountains of Southern France and to defy the Nazis and openly take in Jewish refugees throughout the entire war, ended up saving thousands of lives.

And they tell the Nazis that. They say, “Look, we’re taking them in and you can come and you can try and find them. We’re gonna hide them. We don’t care what you do. This is our Christian duty,” right? It’s [an] incredible story.

And to me, the great question of that is, here are these Christians in this little town of France who do this. There were lots of other Christians in France, worship the same God, read the same Bible, who don’t do this. What’s the difference?

The difference is, that those Christians in that little town, those Huguenots, understood the power that that their faith in God gave them. They understood it wasn’t this abstract thing. It was real, right, that in the face of the Spirit of the Lord, even the most powerful nastiest army in the world, the Nazis, paled. It wasn’t a fair fight anymore, right?

Jim: Right.

Malcolm: David has that same Spirit in his heart. He understands, “I’m not a kid anymore if I have God on my side.”

Jim: Was there anything in that story with the Huguenots that pointed to why the Nazis wouldn’t go into their town or village and go after them? Were they fearful or they just looked the other way? Or did they’d say, “Well, this is the Huguenots; we’re not gonna be able to rout them out?”

Malcolm: The Huguenots were a group of Christians who had been historically persecuted in France for hundreds of years. They had been through the ringer over and over again. They had been hounded, murdered, chased into the mountains, their children taken away from them, their wives put in prison, their pastors strung up on, you know, they’d seen the worst.

So, the first thing was, the Nazis came along and they’re like, “You know, this is like just another in a series of things we’ve dealt with successfully in the past. God has protected us in the past. You can’t scare us.” So, you understand, a lot of what the work the Nazis did, they did because they intimidated people.

Jim: Huh.

Malcolm: Right? These guys weren’t intimidated. Secondly, they’re up in the mountains and they’re awfully wily, you know. The last thing an occupying army in France wants in 1942 is to get locked up in a long drawn-out conflict with a group of people who know what they’re doing and just melt into the woods, right? So, the Nazis are not dumb. They don’t want to get, you know, tied up in knots. But they also were genuinely perturbed and they would send the French police into this town time and time again and to fine, to try and find these Jewish refugees and somebody was, you know, they’d see them coming up the mountain. Somebody would tip them off and the Huguenots would take these kids they were hiding and just spirit them away into the woods.

Jim: Huh.

Malcolm: I mean, it was like—

Jim: You—

Malcolm: –cat and mouse.

Jim: –yeah, in fact, in your book I remember a quote in that context, in that story where you said that once people made the decision, they had to help the Jews. I mean, that really caught my attention.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: It was this wrestling with, what’s the right moral thing to do? But then once they decided who is not gonna help the Jews, they kicked into action.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: That shows a lot of courage.

John: Uh-hm.

Malcolm: Yeah, it was and I think, as well, it wasn’t a story about one man or a woman standing up against the Nazis. It was a story of a community informed by their faith standing up to the Nazis. And that is a really, really crucial thing, because you can’t ask one person to stand up all by themselves and sometimes when we think about courage, we make it so unrealistic, it’s impossible.

One person can’t do that, but a group who are grounded in generations of religious faith and belief, they can do it. Yeah, that’s a reminder of that faith needs a concrete form to be powerful, right?

Program Note:

John: We’re right in the middle of a fascinating conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, talking about his book, David and Goliath on today’s “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly. And you can find out more about Malcolm’s book and our effort to help families thrive when you call 800-A-FAMILY. Let’s go ahead now as Jim asked Malcolm for some more modern examples of how obstacles can really be advantages.

End of Program Note

Jim: Some of these examples, you know, they sound very distant, lofty, you know, whether we’re talking about the Huguenots in World War II or David and Goliath 3,000 years ago. Bring it home, because your book use[s] so many modern examples. In fact, one that resonated with my heart was Eisenstadt’s, observation of children who as a parent—I lost both my parents when I was 9 and then when I was 12, my mom and dad. It put me—

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: –into foster care and I often draw on those lessons that I learned in that environment. I think it makes me a better person, even though it was terribly difficult–

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: –to go through that, but I resonated with that aspect of your book, those things that you learn in difficulty.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: And for me, I seemed to be the adult at 9—

Malcolm: Uh-hm.

Jim: –and people around me that were much older seemed unable to know what truth was.

John: Hm.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: And I resonated with that, but talk about that kind of application.

Malcolm: Yes, well, I have a chapter in the book where I talk about, what is the role that adversity plays in greatness, in extraordinary success? And there’s been a number of really fascinating studies that have looked at, you know, one study just started with people who are the encyclopedia, who may, you know, who have accomplished enough in their life to have made it into the encyclopedia.

Or they look at British Prime Ministers or American Presidents or any group of people who’ve accomplished something great. What do they have in common? The answer is, very little except the one thing that comes up again and again and again, it’s what an extraordinarily disproportionate number of them had, as you said, lost at least one parent in childhood. And that’s interesting, because losing a parent as a child is just about the most devastating thing that can happen.

And we are fully acquainted with the bad case scenario from that. If you go to prisons, if you go to any place where you find lots of people who have been crushed by the world, you will find lots of people who lost a parent in childhood. It can be a devastating blow from which people don’t recover.

But at the same time, there is a significant percentage of people who suffer that blow and come out stronger as a result, who find in their adversity, a way to locate and develop their own strengths, who develop skills they would never otherwise have been able to develop, who are forced to grow up faster–that’s what you were talking about—than they would otherwise have grown up.

So, out of that harrowing experience of losing a parent, they have discovered something in themselves that’s a source of strength and learned a lesson that they would never otherwise have had to learn.

Jim: I think so often it is that God factor. I mean, people will say, how did you get through that? And I can’t answer that question really.

Malcolm: Yes.

Jim: I just know that it gave me resilience, tenacity. The other aspects of the book and we’re going fast and I apologize, but the book is so good, it’s hard to—

Malcolm: Yes.

Jim: –to cover in just a little while. Education is something important to all of us. In our listenership, as Christian listeners, education is very important. We want our kids to do well. There’s a homeschooling movement, because of the inadequacies that exist in some school districts, so they pull their kids in that direction. I was fascinated by a number of your observations when it came to education, the inverted U-curve and that one student, Sacks and there’s [sic] so many examples there. Talk about education and the way we need to maybe rethink how we look at education for our children.

Malcolm: Yeah and I talk about this in the context of college, that we’re obsessed with the notion that the best thing for a child is to go to the most selective, prestigious college he or she can get into. And that notion is false, that if you send a child to a very, very selective school, that has the effect, unless they are Albert Einstein at the top of their class, that has the effect of limiting their options, because you know, I have a whole chapter with this brilliant young woman who goes to Brown University, an Ivy League school.

She wants to study science and she is in a class. If you go to Brown and you study science, everyone else in your class is a genius! And so, she thinks, I can’t do science and so, she ends up dropping out of science and ending up in a major that she’s not in love with. And that would not have happened if she’d gone to a school that wasn’t the absolute best school she could get into.

Jim: Well, and you gotta do justice to that story, because her scores were really—

Malcolm: Oh.

Jim: –strong.

Malcolm: This is a child, a kid who’s in the 99 percentile, but she went to a school that was in the 99.9 percentile. What she did, in order words, is she overvalued the prestige of the institution she went to and didn’t understand that prestige comes with a cost and the cost is freedom.

It’s the freedom to pursue the thing you want to pursue. You know, you go to a school where you can be in the top half of the class, where you ‘re not overwhelmed by your peers, you can take a chance. You can take a course that, you know, maybe you’re not gonna be the best in the world at, but you can learn a lot and you’re not gonna be overwhelmed by your peers. You know, it’s not this relentless pursuit of the absolute[ly] most exclusive prestigious experience for our kids; [it] is a problem.

Jim: Hm.

Malcolm: Right? It has the effect of, “We’re turning out lots and lots of people who go to fancy schools and are demoralized by the experience.

Jim: And what you said in the book, which I thought was profound, those kids that are high performers, who end up in the middle section of the class at a[n] Ivy League school, if they would’ve chosen a different school, would be at the top and it impacted their confidence.

Malcolm: Yeah.

Jim: Speak about that, because that’s so critical. It’s not just what you achieve, but who you think of yourself as a person, as a successful person. How did it impact Miss Sacks?

Malcolm: Well, it goes back to what we were saying earlier about the intangibles and how crucial they are. What we now understand is, that in that crucial period of late adolescence, early 20’s, something central is going on and that is, that we are forming a sense of who we are, what we’re good at. We’re forming our self-confidence. And we haven’t paid enough attention to that crucial moment of self-formation.

And when you throw a child into an overwhelming academic environment, in that crucial moment of self-formation, you can do some damage, right? You can overwhelm. I profiled this young woman named Caroline Sacks, who was this brilliant student from a small town in Maryland, who had a choice between the University of Maryland and Brown and wanted to be a scientist and went to Brown and dropped out of science in her sophomore year, because she was in that crucial moment of self-formation and she sat in her organic chemistry class at the age of 19 and said, “I can’t do it.” And if she had been in an organic chemistry class at University of Maryland, chances are, she would’ve said, “I can do it.”

Jim: Hm.

Malcolm: And by the way, when you ‘re 25 and 30 and you’re out in the world, nobody cares where you went to college anymore. No one’s asking me where I went to college. I don’t even care where you guys went to college. (Laughter) What I see are two people who have succeeded in the world and are doing something meaningful.

So, you know, you pass through that crucial period and you came out intact, right? We’re overvaluing the brand names of schools and we’re forgetting that, what is the function of a school? It’s not a trophy to hang on our wall. It’s a place to learn who we are, right?

Jim: Hm.

Malcolm: And that’s a lesson that needs to be shouted from the mountaintops in this country, we’re so obsessed with it.

Jim: It’s counterintuitive, but I get it.

John: Take it home for me. I mean, I’ve got a child. We’re looking at a middle school selection. There are several charter schools we’re looking at. I also have a daughter that really had a difficult time her freshman year at a somewhat prestigious college.

Malcolm: Yeah.

John: It was a reach for her to get there. She came back and said, “I know what I can’t do and it’s a lot.” (Laughter)

Malcolm: Yeah.

John: So, where’s the balance between setting our kids up in the right environment and letting them flounder a bit and perhaps pick up some of those valuable life skills that happen when you hit obstacles? What’s the balancing point if there is one?

Jim: Well, and to see that as part of the learning process—

John: Yeah.

Jim: –that failure’s okay.

John: Because my heart is, oh, let’s put all the tools in place for you.

Malcolm: Yeah, yeah. I think it’s important to remember that there is no rule for every child, right? The same rules do not apply to all children. So, you know, what parents have to do is, evaluate their own children on a kind of, as individuals. What do I think is best? All I’m saying is, that we have to stop using the prestige of educational institutions as a variable in this equation.

I have a joke which is that the best way to solve the college problem in this country would be, have a rule which says, “You can go wherever you want, but you can never tell, nor can anyone ever ask you to name the college you attended.”

John: Hm.

Malcolm: Right? What if we just said, “It’s off limits.” (Laughter)

John: No more sweatshirts or—

Malcolm: No more—

John: –coffee mugs.

Malcolm: –sweatshirts. On your resumé, you—

John: No bumper stickers.

Malcolm: — say what degree you got in what subject, but you can’t say where you went, right? And no one can ever ask you. Think about how that would clarify it. So, you could still send your daughter to that school if you thought she would benefit from being in a rigorous, intellectually rigorous environment. But she would never go there because she thought it would be a trophy on her wall or a nice thing to put on her resumé. Those are bad reasons to go to that school.

The good reason is, maybe I’m the kind of person who needs a little bit of that kind of intellectual rigor, right? Maybe it’s not a bad thing for my daughter to be in the bottom third of her class and so, she has to kind of fight. But that’s the right reason to go to that school. The wrong reason is, because I think it’s gonna impress a job interviewer, right? Job interviewers shouldn’t care where you went to school. They should care who you are, right?

Jim: That’s for sure. Malcolm, like I said at the beginning, your book is so interesting. We could spend hours talking about every chapter. We’ve gotta come back next time and keep talkin’ about it. Can you do that?

Malcolm: I would love to.

Closing:

John: Some really interesting insights about the value or the non-value that we place on education. We’ve been talking with Malcolm Gladwell on today’s “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly.

Jim: John, Malcolm is fascinating and I’m sure that he’s given all of us some food for thought on how we can view advantages and disadvantages, which in this culture today, we need a biblical reference for that, how we need to see God working in the circumstances that He places us in and to turn that into something for good, like Romans 8:28 says. He works “all things for good to those who love the Lord and are called by His name.” [FYI: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.] You think about that. That’s a tough Scripture to live by, but I think Malcolm is providing a window for us to look through.

Here at the close, I want to thank all of you who financially support Focus on the Family. In the last 12 months, just the last 12 months, 1.4 million families say Focus on the Family has inspired them to transform the culture through civic engagement. We do that through our broadcast, magazines, other tools that we put in the hands of people who need it right then and there. We want to empower you to be a light in the culture and share the love of God with those around you. That is what it’s all about and especially in your family. So, thank you for your partnership and if you haven’t given in a while, may I ask you to help us? That’s how the bills are paid through donations like yours. So, thank you in advance for helping us.

John: You can make that donation at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio or when you call 800-A-FAMILY. Ask for a copy of David and Goliath when you get in touch. It’s a fascinating read. It really gets into the issues of education, poverty, failure and success and Malcolm has an intriguing section about the power of love, how that actually diminishes crime rates.

And today we’re going to bundle that book with a CD of this two-part conversation and I should note that the book isn’t written for a religious audience and it has a little bit of earthy language in some of the illustrations and actually, if you can make a generous contribution today, we’ll send that book and CD bundle to you as our way of saying thanks. We want you to get this and so, for a contribution of any amount, we’ll make sure that David and Goliath is on your bookshelf and in your CD player, as well.

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow to hear more from this conversation with Malcolm Gladwell, as we once again, provide insights and encouragement to help your family thrive. 

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Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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